I know that a lot of dog owners are concerned about coughing and gagging in their pets. You may be surprised to learn that this is actually something we see fairly often in our practice, so don’t panic if your pet starts doing it! In fact, in some cases it can be quite normal and harmless. However, there are also many possible causes which can range from benign (i.e., minor) to more serious than you might think — so let’s take a closer look at what could be causing your dog’s cough and gag reflex…
Call your vet immediately if your dog is coughing and gagging.
If your dog is coughing and gagging, call your vet immediately. Even if it’s after hours, you can still reach the answering service or a veterinarian on call and get advice about what to do for your pet. If you’re not sure what to do or are worried about your dog’s condition, don’t hesitate to call—the worst thing that will happen is that they’ll tell you not to worry about it yet, which is exactly what we need to hear sometimes! Also make sure not to wait until morning; some things resolve quickly and others take longer than expected.
Also, keep in mind that vomiting or diarrhea could be signs of something more serious than just a bad cold (but also might just be caused by a bad cold). Call right away if either of these symptoms develops so that we can check everything out thoroughly before deciding on a plan of treatment
Watch your dog while they eat to determine whether they have swallowed anything that could be causing the cough.
While your dog is eating, keep an eye out for signs that they may be choking. These include coughing, gagging and vomiting. If you see any of these symptoms, stop feeding them immediately and consult with a veterinarian.
If your dog is coughing while eating or after they’ve finished their meal, it’s possible that they have swallowed something that could be causing the cough.
Investigate the area where your dog has been to see if you can find anything that might be causing the cough.
If you’ve ruled out illness, try to investigate the area where your dog has been to see if you can find anything that might be causing the cough. Check its water source, food source, toys and bedding—anything it may have been chewing on or playing with could be causing an allergic reaction. If you think your dog has swallowed something like a toy or treat that he didn’t digest properly (like a bone), bring him in for x-rays to make sure there isn’t anything stuck inside of him.
Take notes on your dog’s cough, including when you first noticed it, whether it happens at certain times, and what other symptoms accompany it.
When you are taking notes, it is important to include the following information:
- What symptoms accompany the cough?
- When did you first notice the cough and how long has it been going on? For example, “My dog started coughing this morning” or “The first time I noticed my dog coughing was last week.”
- What was your dog doing when he/she coughed (for example, eating or playing)? This will help you determine whether there may be a connection between their activities and coughing. If nothing seems to trigger the coughs, then your vet will be able to rule out certain conditions based on other factors in the rest of the examination.
- How often do they cough? Is it once a day or several times per hour throughout the day? If so, then we have more information about what conditions could potentially cause these symptoms and what tests should be ordered by your vet during an exam.
Keep your house clean and make sure that any junk or clutter is out of reach of your dog.
Keeping your house clean will help you to keep your dog safe from any potential dangers. It’s also a great way to keep them both happy and healthy, so it’s not just about avoiding disease, but also about keeping your pup happy too!
- Move anything that could be dangerous for your dog out of reach. For example, if you have sharp objects in the house (such as knives), keep them locked away so that even if they get into your kitchen drawer or storage area, they won’t be able to reach them without having access to keys as well.
- If there are any chemicals or cleaners lying around that aren’t meant for household use (i.e., paints), make sure that they’re stored safely away from where dogs can get them (and make sure they’re not poisonous). Also make sure there’s no food lying around—your own food should always be kept separate from any potentially harmful substances or items
Make sure all food items are completely out of reach of your dog at all times by putting them up in cabinets or otherwise restricting access to them.
You should also make sure all food items are completely out of reach of your dog at all times by putting them up in cabinets or otherwise restricting access to them. Dogs can be quite sneaky, so you should check frequently that they haven’t found a way to get their paws on some treats.
If your dog has been coughing and gagging, it’s important that you take action right away. If you don’t know what the cause is or how best to treat it, be sure to consult with your veterinarian as soon as possible!
Check with the company that makes your pet’s food regularly to see if there have been any recalls of the food or treats you give them.
If your dog is coughing and gagging, you should check with the company that makes your pet’s food regularly to see if there have been any recalls of the food or treats you give them. Companies such as Purina and Iams regularly make announcements on their websites when there are products they’ve recalled. You can also look up information about these recalls on the FDA website.
Remember that even though we live in an age where most information is available online immediately at all times during every waking hour of every day; this does not mean that everyone who works at these companies has access to this information immediately at all times during every waking hour of every day.
A simple cough in a dog can actually be very serious, so call a vet immediately for advice upon noticing a cough.
A simple cough in a dog can actually be very serious, so call a vet immediately for advice upon noticing a cough. If you notice that your dog is coughing and gagging, do not hesitate to get him or her to the veterinarian’s office as soon as possible. The quicker you can get help for your pet’s medical problem, the better chance he or she will have of making a full recovery from whatever is causing their symptoms.
If you have any lingering questions about your dog’s coughing and gagging, please consult your veterinarian. If you suspect that your dog may have swallowed something, take them to the vet right away. In the meantime, do not try to make your dog throw up—this can be dangerous! Some objects can actually do more damage on their way back up, and things like poison need medical professionals to treat properly. But if you would like some more information about how to make sure your home is safe for pets, check out our blog post “10 Ways To Keep Your Pet Safe At Home” for some great tips on keeping dogs out of trouble.